Horror is constantly evolving from the black and white slasher films of the past. They have become more gory and graphic, which have taken them to the top of the box-office charts. These movies are providing us with a type of fun that is not of the norm. Everyone wants to experience the adrenaline and fear that comes with seeing these movies.
Horror movies today have come very far from the days of Alfred Hitchcock. Today’s horror movies are constantly pushing the limits. Whether it is a family fighting off evil spirits in the popular movie The Conjuring, or a group of friends terrorized by some backwoods psycho in the movie Wrong Turn. The movies today are constantly pushing the limits of violence they can show. It becomes almost normal to see someone covered in blood running for his or her life, where fifty years ago you would have never of saw that in a movie. The movies of the past would try to frighten moviegoers with out having to show them all the blood and guts that today movies consist of. They took more of a subtle approach to the horror expect of it. They would leave it to the imagination of the viewer. Today’s movies skip that whole process and show as much violence as possible. The world today is much more desensitized to violence as it was years ago. The world has come to expect these movies to keep pushing the limits on what they show us.
“I think that we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better.” (Stephen King). Whether or not someone wants to admit it or not, to a certain extent they want to see the violence in these movies. They want to have that escape from the everyday world of rules and laws. Movies provide us with entertainment, and sometimes that entertainment has to be just a little twisted. Horror movies are one of the most popular genres today. They give people what they can’t have in the every day world. Not to say that everyone wants to go on a killing